Major in Gerontology

Towson University offers an undergraduate degree program leading either to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Gerontology. The course work is multidisciplinary and provides students with an understanding of the scope of gerontology, the issues that are central to the study of aging, and a perspective from which students may understand the phenomenon of human aging and its implications on society. The program is designed to prepare students for entry-level occupational positions in the field of aging and to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for graduate and professional schools.

Transfer Credit Policy

Students may transfer no more than 18 credits toward the major in Gerontology. Transfer credits must be approved by the department.

Honorary Society 

Sigma Phi Omega, the national honor society in gerontology, has established the Delta Rho Chapter at Towson University. The purpose of the society is to recognize excellence in the academic standing of students studying or majoring in gerontology and to provide enriched opportunities and service activities for members. The faculty adviser is Emiko Takagi, 410-704-5892/etakagi@towson.edu.

Students pursuing a degree in Gerontology must complete a minimum of 45 units in the program as outlined below and maintain a 2.00 GPA or better in all required courses. Required elective courses must be approved by the students Gerontology adviser.

Required Courses
GERO 101INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY3
GERO 350PHYSICAL HEALTH AND AGING3
GERO 397GERONTOLOGY INTERNSHIP3-6
GERO 485GERONTOLOGY SENIOR SEMINAR3
PSYC 405PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING3
SOCI 359SOCIAL GERONTOLOGY3
Required Methods Courses
Select a Research Methods course (approved by Gerontology adviser)3-4
Select a Social or Behavioral Statistics course (approved by Gerontology adviser)3-4
Elective Upper-Level Courses
Select four of the following:12
DEATH, DYING AND BEREAVEMENT
DIRECTED READINGS IN GERONTOLOGY
CHRONIC AND COMMUNICABLE DISEASE
LONG-TERM CARE ETHICAL PROBLEMS
LONG-TERM CARE ADMINISTRATION
NUTRITION FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PROGRAMMING FOR THE OLDER ADULT
ELDER LAW
DEMOGRAPHY
WOMEN AND AGING
Or other upper-level courses approved by Gerontology adviser
Cognate Electives
Select three of the following: 19
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ANTHROPOLOGY OF AMERICAN CULTURE
HONORS ANTHROPOLOGY OF AMERICAN CULTURE
WELLNESS FOR A DIVERSE SOCIETY
NUTRITION AND WEIGHT CONTROL FOR THE CONSUMER
HEALTH CARE IN THE U.S.
MENTAL HEALTH, STRESS MANAGEMENT, AND CRISIS INTERVENTION
CARDIOVASCULAR FITNESS
LIFE SPAN ADAPTATION AND OCCUPATIONS
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
Total Units45-50
 
1

Additional courses may be counted as Gerontology cognate electives at the discretion of the Gerontology program director.

Suggested Four-Year Plan 

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
GERO 1013ENGL 102 (Core 2)3
HLTH 101 (Core)3SOCI 101 (Core and Prerequisite)3
PSYC 101 (Core)3HLTH 207 (Core and Prerequisite)3
TSEM 102 (Core 1)3Core3
Core3Core3
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
GERO 3503SOCI 3593
PSYC 2033Approved Statistics Course3
Approved Methods Course3Core3
Core3Core3
Core3Core3
 15 15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
PSYC 4053Upper-Level Elective3
Upper-Level Elective3Upper-Level Elective3
Upper-Level Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
GERO 4853GERO 3973-9
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15-21
Total Units 120-126

1. Understand the fundamental concepts of the discipline and dismiss inaccurate stereotypes of the elderly.
2. Communicate effectively with a variety of audiences, both orally and in writing.
3. Think critically. Be able to evaluate policies and approaches to the elderly as cohorts in this age group change.
4. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in careers and graduate programs related to gerontology.